Role of Women in Agriculture: Technology-led, Gender Sensitive Policy Options

12 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2020

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Krishna M. Singh

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University

Priyanka Kumari

Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University

Nasim Ahmad

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University

Dibyanshu Shekhar

Rajendra Agricultural University

Date Written: January 4, 2020

Abstract

Agriculture occupies a key position in Indian economy providing a source of livelihood for a majority of the population. Successes in agricultural front with high production levels, especially in food grains have indeed been achieved. Women in India are the backbone of the society and important resource in agriculture and rural economy. They make essential contributions to the agricultural development and allied and household activities and pursue multiple livelihood strategies. These activities include producing agricultural crop, cleaning animals, preparing food, working in rural enterprises, engaging in trade and marketing, caring family members and maintaining their homes. Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India has policy provisions like joint leasing for both domestic and agricultural land under National policy for farmers, however in practice it has made little difference at ground level. There is still a wide gender gap which has to be addressed properly for overall development of women. The paper tries to analyze the policy options available for a gender sensitive agricultural policy which can not only empower women but also ensure sustainable agricultural development.

Keywords: Gender issues, Natural Resource Management, Gender policy, Technology-led development

JEL Classification: O1, O15, O35

Suggested Citation

Singh, Krishna M. and Kumari, Priyanka and Ahmad, Nasim and Shekhar, Dibyanshu, Role of Women in Agriculture: Technology-led, Gender Sensitive Policy Options (January 4, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3517148 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3517148

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Priyanka Kumari

Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University ( email )

Samastipur, Pusa
Samastipur
Bihar, Bihar 848125
India

Nasim Ahmad

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University ( email )

Pusa
Samastipur
Bihar 848125
India

Dibyanshu Shekhar

Rajendra Agricultural University ( email )

Pusa
Samastipur
Samastipur, Bihar 848125
India

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